Discussion in 'Oceania Discussion Boards' started by SWNZ, May 15, 2002.
Given the fact there has been so many good responses I think our feelings need to be represented in one thread.
I personally Loved it. Not academy award winning stuff (as far as acting is concerned) but it doesn't matter. Another piece of the puzzle has been added to the final masterpiece.
I don't know about best, but definetely loved it. Top stuff!
Loved bits of it. Certainly room for improvement. This is what I wrote upon seeing it ,in PSA.
Parts of it were excellent. Other parts left something to be desired. Almost all the acting was top notch (even little Boba Fett was good) - except for Hayden's early scenes / love dialogue. They just didn't seem natural. His "angry / defiant" scenes were amazing though.
The whole Naboo sequence was pretty much un-necessary - the romancing could have happened anywhere. It just added yet another location to an already location-heavy film. The jumping from one planet to the next was confusing to a lot of the audience. Whatever happened to good old Tatooine -> Death Star -> Yavin or Hoth -> Dagobah -> Bespin?
Some pretty "forced" (no pun intended) gags too. The 3PO / Battle droid head switch was a bit contrived. But others I was with loved that bit.
Obi-Wan is excellent, funny, and exasperated at Anakin most of the time. Kenobi has all the best lines.
The kidnapping of Shmi, and her death (plus the fact Anakin doesn't try and revive her) seemend under-explained. As did the scenes with Cleigg, Owen & Beru.
The Coruscant scenes are breathtaking - especially at the start when the Nubian ship lands through the fog. Most of the (obvious) CGI is very good (the Kaminoans & clone parades especially). The Shaaks are not so great, but the arena beasts are pretty good. The non-obvious CGI was perfect.
Every ship / speeder now seems to have the clang-clang-clang engine noise first heard in the Podrace, which is a little distracting.
Yoda is the highlight. Well, he and Natalie Portman's tummy. Overall, not the "greatest Star Wars movie ever" as some have been saying. Better than TPM & ROTJ though...
So, through all the highs & lows I rate it
6.5/10 (ANH 8, ESB 8, ROTJ 6, TPM 5)
Of course I would never review a CD after just the one listen, so I may well have different feelings 2nd time around
well, 1201 was soooo worth it, when those magic opening credits rolled across the screen! to be honest that is my favourite part of the star wars films
i think the lars aspect will come out next movie, they were just introduced this time.....
But Padme & Anakin never even said goodbye!
They just viewed the hologram & took off.
The yoda/dooku fight scene ROCKED!!
nice to see why yoda is a jedi master at last!
I loved the look on Yoda's face and the martial arts stances while he was facing off before the duel!
The duel itself was awesome too...
where i was every one was in hysterics in the Yoda fight sceene
It was awesome, loved it
Yoda was great
the whole Tem entrance reminded me so much of Jake the Muss
Little Daniel also cool, i loved how they kept the accents
Thought Obi had some great lines
it was great, favourite parts:
Jedi arena battle, Yodas fight (esp when he picks up his stick afterwards!) Death Star revalation...
I think I'll see it again before I vote, theres alot to take in at 12.01am.
Coruscant chase and Jedi battle in the arena was breathtaking. The little jedi were sooo cute!
That what my 4th form Economics teacher wrote in my report card.
Lucas screws the eu over again thanks
maori accents hated them seemed more like a local film than SW
all yodas possess where not neccasery made him more like karate fella than a jedi
C-3p0 on genosian
anikan going nuuts at the tuskans
the jedi starfighter and its hyperdrive ring thingy good idea like it alot pitty hasbro gave the toy some gay atttack feature that wasnt in the film insted of the hyperdrive ring
yeah the hyperdrive thing is cool, however as for george screwing over EU, how can he screw something that he created in the first place? if you create your own universe then you can pretty much do whatever you want...
Are we talking about the Death Star thing?
If so... I think he should have been more careful with it. I mean, he did authorise the EU books.
from a licensing point of view ,yes, he allowed the copyrighted name to be used and use of his existing characters.
confusion regarding EU and the canon debate?
Lucas is a fool
but oh such a rich rich fool, you've probably greatly contributed to his fortune yourself ace
Personally, all this continuity stuff ruins the fun for me. They should leave authors free to write what they want ... I for one, couldn't care less whether a new star wars novel is exactly accurate with all comic books, novels and trading cards that have gone before.
I can understand keeping a particular series of books, like Jedi apprentice, or a particular series of comics consistent, but outside of that, is quite crazy.
I guess it depends on how you view Star Wars. To me, the real story of star wars is the story told in the movies. The rest is just fun speculation. Licensed spin offs are just like fan fiction to me ... fun speculation, but nothing beyond that.
here here! a drop of reason in an ocean of insanity!
I agree with Kitt. For me Star Wars is a 6 movie story (and some toys) I don't read any of the books or comics, I don't actually know hardly anything about the EU. I just love the movies and the story told between the opening scene in the trilogy and the last.
I agree with SWNZ & Kitt
For me it is the movies first, then the figures of course
I have read some of the book, but mainly ones that don't impact much on the overall story,
never really understood the EU stuff
Reading the books "tales of ...' such as bounty hunters/catina, little short stories that give an extra spin on some of the minor characters but have no effect on the moives, so i enjoy them
But as i said it is the moives for me
Bring on #3
hi ... I'm a newbie.
(Please read my post in the "Episode II toys" thread if you're interested in hearing about me.)
I find this whole "cannon" debate quite interesting. Personally, I think the EU is a bit of a crok, and as someone else said, I find it hard to think of it as anything other than fan-fiction. (Because, lets face it, most of the authors *are* fans .... ) However, I can see why the continuity thing would grate people. Suddenly Boba Fett *isn't* an ex-journeyman protector called Jaster somethingorother, but a clone of another Fett guy. Etc. etc. It is odd that Lucas sanctioned all this stuff only to ignire it. But then, it's even weirder to think that George, as the auteur of the SW Universe, should have to be constrained by what some other people wrote about his own creations ....
Really, he should have waited until all six films had been made before letting anyone else write stuff, or he should have put harsher constraints on what the authors could and couldn't write about.
But, in the end, it's just a bunch of a-grade B movies, right? let's not take it too seriously. (But i concur ... the Jedi Starfighter should hae had a Hyperspace ring rather than the stupid "attack mode" thing. WTF? For a *really* cool toy, get the Slave I. It's beautiful .....)
(sigh ....) Back to work